Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 8, 1975 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Saigon - A South Vietnamese air force officer makes a bombing raid on South Vietnam’s Independence Palace in an effort to kill President Nguyen Van Thieu, who was unhurt by the attack.
Gen Frederick Weyand, the Army chief of staff tells Congress that South Vietnam has no chance of surviving without more U.S military aid immediately.
The United States evacuates all U.S. government officials and other Americans in Cambodia and flies a detachment of marines into Phnom Penh to safeguard the operation.
President Ford urges some $722 million of military aid for Saigon. But despite the President’s plea for aid, articles report that the Ford Administration has all but given up on South Vietnam and now looks hopefully toward negotiations that would amount to surrender by the Saigon government.
The evacuation of 278 persons from the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh to the USS Okinawa goes smoothly.
The chief of Cambodia’s armed forces announces he has taken over the leadership of the government following the flight of the nation’s acting president in the American evacuation airlift. He vows to fight the Reds pressing on the capital.
Ordered to fight at any cost to save the remaining quarter of the country, South Vietnamese forces drive back heavy assaults against strongholds northeast and southwest of Saigon.
President Ford tells members of the Senate Foreign relations Committee that he wants authority from Congress to evacuate up to 176,000 South Vietnamese from their embattled homeland.
Fascinating Business news – April 8, 1975
No thrills airline – National Airlines begins “no frills” service this week. No meals, no snacks, no liquor – not even for sale. But, you’ll be able to buy a cup of coffee or a soft drink.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – April 8, 1975
Passing – Fredric March (77) – two-time Oscar winner.
Passing – Marjorie Main – Ma Kettle in the Ma and Pa Kettle movies. She was 85.
Passing – Josephine Baker (69) – American-born singer and dancer who catapulted to stardom in the Folies Bergere in Paris. She became a French citizen in 1937.
The New York Times reports that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis will receive a bequest of (only) $3 million under the will of her late husband, a sum far less than published reports have indicated.
47th Annual Oscar Awards held this week –
Best Picture – “The Godfather Part II.”
Best Actor – Art Carney – “Harry and Tonto.”
Best Actress – Ellen Burstyn – “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.”
Best Supporting Actor – Robert de Niro – “The Godfather Part II.”
Best Supporting Actress – Ingrid Bergman “Murder on the Orient Express.”
Best Director – Francis Ford Coppola – “The Godfather Part II.”
Some best-selling books – April 8, 1975
Dreadful Lemon Sky – John MacDonald
Centennial – James Michener
Black Sunday – Thomas Harris
The 7% Solution – Nicholas Meyer
Helter Skelter – Vincent Bugliosi
Here At The New Yorker – Brenda Gill
Bermuda Triangle – Charles Berlitz
Clive: Inside the Record Business – Clive Davis
When I Say No, I Feel Guilty – M.J. Smith
Radio news – April 8, 1975
KMET-FM (94.7) in Los Angeles is a unique album rock station. Check out their Sundays beginning with “Brunch With Harry Shearer” at noon. Harry use to be one of the famed “Credibility Gap.” That’s followed by Dr. Demento who began on KMET in 1972 and is now syndicated. But this show is exclusive to KMET-FM listeners. The good doctor fills it with peculiar music and warped wisdom. He’s followed by Flo and Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylon). KMET-FM.
Music News – April 8, 1975
The Average White Band has a huge hit with “Pick Up The Pieces” but did you know this band is made up of Scotsmen? Their second album – “Average White Band” says bassist Alan Gorrie, “Is full of disco music. That’s the kind of music we’re into. We go to discos ourselves. I would hate to think of an album of ours that wasn’t funky enough to be played in the discos.”
Television news – April 8, 1975
Tom Snyder, Edwin Newman and John Schubeck will be the newscasters to NBC News update – a minute of prime-time news to be seen seven nights a week around 9pm. Should begin August 2.
Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – April 8, 1975
CBS – CBS News With Walter Cronkite, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Cannon, Manhunter, Late Movie (after the news)
NBC – NBC News with John Chancellor, Little House on the Prairie, Movin’ On, Lucas Tanner, Tonight Show
ABC – ABC News with Howard K. Smith and Harry Reasoner, That’s My Mama, ABC TV Movie, Baretta, Wide World Special
PBS – Feeling Good, Behind The Lines, Memories Of Prince Albert Hunt
Tony Orlando and Dawn – With Ted Knight, Georgia Engel, Hank Aaron
Little House on the Prairie – Laura has a crush on a boy who prefers sister Mary.
ABC Made For TV Movie – “Story Of Pretty Boy Floyd” with Martin Sheen, Kim Darby, Ellen Corby.
Lucas Tanner – A father and son struggle in a reaction to Tanner’s alleged meddling in their relationship. Guest stars Andrew Duggan and Mitch Vogel.
On the Tonight Show – McLean Stevenson hosts with Rip Taylor.
Top pop hit music singles (top-40) USA – April 8, 1975
PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM - Elton John
LOVIN’ YOU - Minnie Riperton
NO NO SONG - Ringo Starr
LADY MARMALADE - LaBelle
POETRY MAN - Phoebe Snow
ONCE YOU GET STARTED - Rufus
HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW - Olivia Newton
(Hey Won’t You Play) ANOTHER SOMEBODY DONE SOMEBODY WRONG SONG - B.J. Thomas
EMMA - Hot Chocolate
CHEVY VAN - Sammy Johns
YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL - Joe Cocker
WHAT AM I GONNA DO WITH YOU - Barry White
L-O-V-E (Love) - Al Green
SHINING STAR - Earth, Wind & Fire
LONG TALL GLASSES (I Can Dance) - Leo Sayer
SUPERNATURAL THING (pt. 1) - Ben E. King
HE DON’T LOVE YOU (Like I Love You)- Tony Orlando & Dawn
JACKIE BLUE - Ozark Mountain Daredevils
I DON’T LIKE TO SLEEP ALONE - Paul Anka with Odia Coates
WALKING IN RHYTHM - Blackbyrds